Wardown House, Museum and Gallery We are delighted to announce that Wardown House, Museum and Gallery will be officially reopening on Saturday 8 April 2017, from 12pm.
Since closing its doors in March 2016, Wardown House has been undergoing a magnificent transformation. We are excited to share the results with all of our visitors and funders.
Phill Jupitus: Work In Progress Sat 25 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Becoming a familiar face when he starred as team captain on BBC2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Phill Jupitus, stand-up comedian, improviser, and TV stalwart, is coming to Luton to try out some new material ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival! More info
Bilal Zafar: Cakes Fri 3 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee 2016 and New Act of the Year winner, Bilal Zafar takes us on the fascinating and hilarious journey of how his Twitter handle @zafarcakes was mistaken for a Muslim-only bakery. More info
The Comedy Bar Fri 17 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Join resident MC, Jake Pickford, for an evening of stand up comedy from the nation's up and coming talent. More info
Archie Maddocks: Shirts vs Skins Fri 24 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Leaving everyone in stitches, join Archie Maddocks as he explores the crashing together of two worlds and where he fits in, or 'fits out' within them. More info
Rizwan Muazzam Qawwali Wed 22 Mar, Luton Library Theatre The legacy of Qawwali, a form of devotional music popular in South Asia, was passed to Rizwan and Muazzam who carry on the Sufi tradition of musical devotion and exaltation. More info
The Lurkers Fri 24 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Formed in West London in 1976, The Lurkers forged their own furrow by releasing their simple brand of ultra-catching pop punk and, 40 years later, are showing no signs of stopping! More info
The Diary of a Hounslow Girl Sat 18 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre From traditional Pakistani weddings to fights on the night bus, this bold, funny, and provocative coming-of-age tale is told through the eyes of a hooped-earring, headscarf wearing 16 year old British Muslim girl growing up in West London. More info
Wilde Without The Boy Thu 23 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Olivier award nominee, Gerard Logan performs in this brilliant adaptation of Oscar Wilde's De Profundis - a letter Wilde wrote to his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas whilst in prison. More info
Made In India Fri 31 Mar - Sat 1 Apr, The Hat Factory Arts Centre What's the story behind the 'womb for rent' headlines? A thrilling play about three women's experiences with surrogacy and motherhood in the 21st Century. More info
Smother Thu 2 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Ground-breaking contemporary hip-hop from 201 Dance Company. Reminiscent of Jamie Brittain's Skins, Smother explores a broken encounter between two young men with unparalleled beauty. More info
A Thousand Faces Thu 9 Mar, Luton Library Theatre In celebration of Women's Day, A Thousand Faces collaborates European mime movements with Kathak's intricate gestures of abhinaya in this bold piece focused on acid attacks. More info
UTTER! Lutonia 14 Thu 2 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Lee Nelson hosts a vibrant line up of local and national spoken-word, poetry, and (sometimes) acoustic music talent. This varied and ever-changing experience will be alive with rhythms, ideas and energy. More info
Trainspotting Fri 10 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Trainspotting 2 is in the cinemas so why not join us for the precursor? Renton (Ewan McGregor), deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the influence of his friends. More info
Romeo + Juliet Thu 16 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Hailed as one of the highest-rated cinema adaptations, Baz Luhrmann updates Shakespeare's famous play into the hip modern suburb of Verona. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Clare Danes. More info
Double Feature: Strictly Ballroom / Muriel's Wedding Sun 26 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Strictly Ballroom: Directed by Baz Luhrmann, a maverick dancer risks his career in an unusual routine. Muriel's Wedding: Muriel spends her days dreaming of her wedding day and listening to ABBA music. More info
Children & Family...
Tales From The Shed Sat 25 Mar, The Hat Factory Arts Centre Vibrant and interactive, Tales from the Shed are informal, lively and amazingly engaging as the performers and audience share the same space - children are encouraged to make a lot of noise to make the story happen! More info
Book Creators: Atinuke Sat 25 Mar, Luton Central Library Meet Nigerian-British author and traditional storyteller Atinuke. The stories she tells have travelled over centuries and continents and feature her own character creations, including Anna Hibiscus. More info
Regular Library Activities Various times, Luton Libraries You are never too young to join the library and start listening to stories or learning to read! Luton Libraries offers a great range of activities for children and parents or carers. More info
2016 British Wildlife Photography Awards Sat 21 Jan - Sun 26 Mar, Stockwood Discovery Centre This highly acclaimed and exceptional wildlife photography exhibition captivates visitors with the outstanding and beautiful imagery. More info
John Myers: The World Is Not Beautiful Fri 24 Feb - Sat 29 Apr, The Hat Factory Arts Centre John Myers' remarkable and little-known landscape and portrait photography from the 1970s. More info
The Hat Factory Pub Quiz Thu 23 Mar, Connors Café Bar at The Hat Factory Get a drink settle in and fight it out for the glory, money and title of The Hat Factory Pub Quiz winner, presented by The Hat Factory's very own Gavin O'Brien from Clearhead Media. More info
B.I.G Hat Factory Choir Every Wednesday, Connors Café Bar at The Hat Factory Set your voice free and join the B.I.G Hat Factory Choir. There are no auditions and everyone, regardless of singing ability or experience, is welcome to come and get involved. More info
Why not make an evening of your trip to The Hat Factory?
Join us at Connors Café Bar until 11pm every Friday night for 2-4-1 cocktails and Unplugged, our weekly music and spoken word sessions streamed live on KBit TV. More info
Script Lab Writing Competition Submissions deadline: Sun 26 March Are you a bit of a wordsmith, an aspiring playwright or writing a screenplay? We are looking for play scripts and screenplays to enter our exciting competition. More info